Participate in the Spring Energy Immersion Trip in Appalachia!

Spring Break 2020: Natural Resource Extraction, Health, and Local Economies in West Virginia and Kentucky Energy Immersion Trip  
Tentative Dates: Sunday, March 15 - Saturday, March 28, 2020

Our spring immersion trip is a hands-on learning opportunity to understand the processes of energy and extraction in Appalachia as well as the sociopolitical, environmental, economic impacts of fossil fuel extraction and the possibilities of integrating renewable energy. The trip will also explore locally based efforts for community and economic empowerment and revitalization.  

We are seeking applicants from diverse backgrounds and with a range of extracurricular and academic interests. Previous involvement with sustainability, energy systems, earth sciences, health, or environmental justice work is not required. Ideal applicants will: 

Be willing, ready, and excited to learn about the energy industry from multiple perspectives and through various social, economic, and political lenses

Be flexible, willing to go with the flow, able to put the group's needs before their own wants, but also able to communicate when their needs aren't being met

Be emotionally present and open-minded to hearing different points of view and having dialogue across difference

 Be able to commit time to both attending the trip over spring break, but also to prepare for the experience by attending weekly education sessions during winter term, starting week of January 20, 2020. 

Cost
An estimated $627 covers all travel expenses, programming, housing, and food for the entire duration of the trip. Need-based financial aid is available up to 100% through an application and approval process after acceptance on the trip. Cost will not be a barrier to participation in this program, so please apply and we will work with you to make the trip possible, if accepted.

Applications are DUE FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2020 BY 10 P.M. Interviews with applicants will be held as needed on January 13 and 14. Accepted participants will be notified by the end of the day Wednesday, January 15, 2020. 

APPLY TO PARTICIPATE HERE.

Trip Leaders Needed

If you have leadership skills that you want to apply in a new context, or if you are hoping to strengthen and develop your leadership skills, this is a really exciting and interesting chance to do so. You do not have to have previously participated in an energy immersion trip to lead one. 
 
Check out the Appalachia immersion trip blog and our immersion trip video!
 
We are seeking leaders from diverse backgrounds and with a range of extracurricular and academic interests. Previous involvement with sustainability, energy energy systems, earth sciences, health, or environmental justice work is not required. 
 
Ideal leaders will: 
 

  • Be willing, ready, and excited to learn about the energy industry from multiple perspectives and through various social, economic, and political lenses
  • Be flexible, willing to go with the flow, able to put the group's needs before their own wants, but also able to communicate when their needs aren't being met
  • Be emotionally present and open-minded to hearing different points of view and having dialogue across difference
  • Be able to commit time to attending the trip over spring break, but also to planning for and attending weekly education sessions, discussing trip logistics, communicating with the group, developing itinerary, and attending relevant meetings during winter term
  • Be very responsible with decision making and create an exciting and welcoming atmosphere for trip participants

 
Compensation and trip costs: Our trip leaders will be interns through the Sustainability Office and will be paid an hourly rate of $10/hr for up to 5 hours per week in winter term leading up to the trip. These hours will be to lead our education sessions to prepare the group for the experiences on the trip through readings, discussion, and community building, as well as to participate in Sustainability Office intern programming. Additionally, the cost of the trip (estimated to be $627 per person this year) will be completely covered for leaders.
 
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE THURSDAY, JANUARY 2 BY 10 PM. Interviews with applicants will be held as needed on Monday, January, 2020. We will notify you of our decisions the first week of winter term.
 
APPLY TO LEAD HERE!

 
Questions?

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